Ireland had the nerve to secure a victory by winning the T20I Tri-Series at today’s Malahide Cricket Club.
Scottish reserve captain Richie Berrington won the pitch and decided to roll first. Ireland opening pair Gareth Delany (25 of 10 balls) and Kevin O’Brien (63 of 45 balls) made a flying start to the home side. The pair made 47 in 22 balls before Delany looked for his third six innings.
Andy Balbirnie (20 out of 10 balls) and captain Gary Wilson (31 of 25 balls) continued to pile up, but Scotland exerted some control by scoring late goals against the back of the innings in Ireland and scoring Scotland 187 sat to win.
In response, Scotland lost six minutes to George Munsey and seven minutes to Michael Leask. But then Matthew Cross (66 of 55 balls) and Richie Berrington (76 of 43 balls) came together and built an excellent third-wicket stand with 122 runs. The Scots threatened with a slight pursuit of the Irish result until Craig Young (29.01.) Returned to the attack and brought Berrington through Lorcan Tucker to an outstanding low-level goal.
An excellent fightback from the Scottish bowling unit sees Ireland finish 186/9. ⚪️@TomSole1 (2/26), @HamzaOfficial1 (2/32), @AdrianNeill (2/34) and @Safyaan50 (2/36) take two wickets each to produce another all-round display. 💪#FollowScotland 🏴 pic.twitter.com/8AXCOypdY7— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) September 20, 2019
More doors fell, bringing the game to a final close. Shane Getkate was given the task to defend the Irish overall victory, as Scotland needed 15 runs to victory. The first five balls lasted 12 runs, and Craig Wallace had to hit three times to win or two runs to get the result and make a super-over.
Getkate rolled in full and Wallace squeezed it to show that the batters were wrestling at one and then turned for a second run they had to do. The Irish outfit stayed calm and left Wallace five yards behind – Ireland won the series on the final ball after a run.
One over to go – Scotland needs 15 runs from 6 balls. Oli Hairs went in that last over. Superb catch by @SimiSingh147.— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) September 20, 2019
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The player of the series was announced at the beginning of the tournament as George Munsey for his exploits, including a memorable one hundred against the Netherlands.